Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. There’s no booking fee, or membership – to book tickets just click the “book tickets” link after each event and complete the form that’s displayed, and we’ll send you a confirmation email with all the details. Thank you!
January 9th – Tim Whitehead
“Whitehead has a highly personal, always gorgeous sound on tenor and an infinite vocabulary – in a country of fine saxophonists he is one of the finest. ”
Peter Bacon, JAZZ CD of the Week, Birmingham Post *****
Tim Whitehead is renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA as a remarkably fluent and muscular performer and composer. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr\’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music, winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award. In the 80s he was a member of the groundbreaking Loose Tubes. In the 90s he made several acclaimed albums, winning The Andrew Milne and BBC Album of the Year awards. In 2009 he was the first ever musician to be made Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, recording the brilliant J. M. W. Turner album “Colour Beginnings”.
Expect an extraordinary evening of the finest contemporary improvisation from this world-class British jazz icon.
Tickets £15 (£7 students).
“Those of us who have caught him live … have been left in blinking disbelief. It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenominal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.” Dave Gelly (The Observer/ BBC )
February 13th Zoe Francis with Jim Mullen
“Remembering Blossom Dearie”
Zoe Francis and her award- winning quartet led by guitarist Jim Mullen perform songs from the repertoire of American singer and pianist Blossom Dearie.
The unique American singer/pianist Blossom Dearie recorded six iconic albums for Verve records during the 1950s and was a favourite at Ronnie Scott’s during the 1960’s.
Zoe will be singing songs by composers Blossom loved and popularised such as ‘Peel Me a Grape’ and ‘My Attorney Bernie’ by Dave Frishberg, as well as Cy Coleman, writing duo Comden and Green, and a few hidden gems! London born Zoe has chosen songs that resonate with her own time spent in New York, where she fell in love with the well-crafted lyrics of these great ‘Big Apple’ songwriters. Award-winning guitarist Jim Mullen also spent some time in New York in the 70s and has an equal affection for the city. Jim has written fresh arrangements of these songs for a swinging quartet.
Completing the line-up for this unique concert on February 13th are the hugely swinging rhythm section of Ross Stanley on piano, Steve Brown on drums, and Marianne Windham on bass.
Advance booking recommended! Tickets £15 (£7 students).
“Zoe Francis is a singer to listen out for. She communicates a love and understanding of classic American song with the lightest of touches. A classy set.” – The Guardian
“With Jim’s unique, mellow guitar sound and his ability to spin a seemingly effortless stream of melody, he never fails to keep your ears fully occupied. – The Guardian
March 13th Moscow Drug Club
A curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes.
Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.
You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!
Tickets £15 (£7 students). Click here to book
April 10th – Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale
“Two of a Mind”
Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians.
Featuring Chris Biscoe – Baritone sax, Allison Neale – alto sax, Colin Oxley – guitar , Matt Fishwick – drums, Marianne Windham – bass
The Mulligan and Desmond recordings were by a quartet of baritone and alto sax, bass and drums. CD re-releases included some tracks with guitar added.
The band’s new CD Then and Now (Trio tr597), includes three performances by the quartet and four with guitarist Colin Oxley. Colin’s playing is an object lesson in how to enrich the harmonies and add to the rhythmic drive without detracting from the interplay between the saxes which is the hallmark of this band.
Tonight’s concert will feature arrangements drawn from the original Desmond/Mulligan records, including Stardust, Stand Still, All The Things You Are, Easy Living, Lover, The Way You Look Tonight and Blight of the Fumble Bee, as well as the band’s own arrangements of How Deep Is The Ocean and Indian Summer, and new standards based compositions by Chris Biscoe, Then and Now and Rest Easy.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe has been featured on baritone sax with the big bands of Hermeto Pascoal, Tony Kinsey, Graham Collier and the New York Composers Orchestra, as well as in various Mike Westbrook Bands and John Williams’ Baritone Band. Chris has released two CDs with Tony Kofi, and Profiles of Mingus with Henry Lowther. American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity. She has performed with Adelaide Hal, Bud Shank and Scott Hamilton, as well as featuring in the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. Her latest CD I Wished on the Moon (Trio tr593) was released in 2015.
Guitarist Colin Oxley established an international reputation with the Stacey Kent group, and has gone on to work with Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Houston Person and Dave Newton. He is professor of guitar at the Guildhall School of Music. And on drums, Matt Fishwick brings his subtle and dynamic playing to bands with Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts and has played in the UK and USA with Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Jim Mullen, Warren Vache, Cedar Walton, John Colliani, Anita O’Day and many others.
Tickets £15 (£7 students). Click here to book tickets.
“Two saxophonists, Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale, revisit the music of Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. The baritone-and-alto interplay of this classic late 50s-early 60s partnership had the rare distinction of being both clever and tuneful, with touches of wit. The trouble was, they only made two albums together. Now, with perfect rapport, and a positively uncanny grasp of this elusive idiom, Biscoe and Neale have come up with more, including two Biscoe originals. The playing is immaculate” Dave Gelly, The Observer, ****